Culverden sharemilkers win

Justin and Melissa Slattery have been named 2015 New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year.

NZ Dairy Industry Awards winners ahead of the game in driving profitability on farms, during a forecast period of low milk payouts.

Farming the friendly breed

Hayden and Ellisa Slack 50:50 sharemilk at Waiuku, southwest of Auckland. From left Hayden and Ellisa with their children Danika 6, Kayla 7 and Riley 9.

Hayden Slack is on a mission to change perception that ayrshires are not a good breed.

Farming smarter not harder

Farming provides the Charmleys with a lifestyle they can enjoy with their children.
From left Lisa holding Pippa 22 months, Reuben 4 and Paul Charmley.

A young Tararua couple reveal how they are keeping their farm system simple.

Milk offer a 'token gesture'

A Fonterra milk tanker.

Fonterra's premium offer for more South Island winter milk described as a "token gesture".

Farmers to stop spending

Dairy cows get up close and personal.

A lower milk payout will take millions from Manawatu's economy as farmers a the payout almost halves from last year's record.

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opinion

The end is nigh! No, not quite yet

The urea plant at Kapuni, South Taranaki. If fertiliser N was banned it would condemn 3 billion people to death.

6:30 AM  Doug Edmeades says the old saw is correct: It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.

Difficult decisions ahead as low payout starts to bite

OPINION: It seems to me that Fonterra cannot pay its suppliers a decent milk price two seasons in a row.

Our Australian neighbours

How to save the sheep industry

Fieldays

Breaking new ground video

The new lake at Mystery Creek, Hamilton. Part of the extensive earthworks being undertaken at the site.

Mystery Creek is getting a $1.5 million make-over just in time for the Fieldays.

Laugh until the cows come home

Farming community to get some much-needed light relief at National Fieldays with a 7 Days comedy special.

People pack into the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek near Hamilton.

Clever ideas to see the light of day

Kiwi ingenuity will be once again be showcased in the Innovation Centre at the New Zealand National Fieldays in June.

dairy

Farming with the friendly breed

Hayden and Ellisa Slack 50:50 sharemilk at Waiuku, southwest of Auckland. From left Hayden and Ellisa with their children Danika 6, Kayla 7 and Riley 9.

Hayden Slack is on a mission to change perception that ayrshires are not a good breed.

Culverden sharemilkers win national dairy title

NZ Dairy Industry Awards winners ahead of the game in driving profitability on farms, during a forecast period of low milk payouts.

The 2015 New Zealand Dairy Awards Winners: L to R: Dairy Trainee of the Year James Davidson, Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year Melissa  and Justin Slattery and Farm Manager of the Year James Foote.

Dairy award "icing on the cake"

Canterbury and Waikato-Hauraki farmers were the big winners at the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards in Auckland, taking out the Sharemilker-Equity Farmer of the Year, Farm Manager of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year titles, Gerald Piddock reports.

advice

Follow up field day

Waikato Regional Council freshwater ecologist Michael Lake, right, and student Laura Francis collect specimens from the Kaniwhaniwha River by electro-fishing.

A field day focused on farm planning and environmental sustainability is planned for the wider Waipa River catchment in May.

Seasonal safety in sights

Farm health and safety concerns highlighted as seasonal risk increases.

Dairy Women's Network's Megan Edmeades has been a driving force behind a series of workshops to guide farmers through the intricacies of new animal welfare legislation.

Animal welfare workshops on their way

Farmers wanting to keep on the right side of animal welfare laws are being advised to attend Waikato workshops.

aquaculture

Uncertainty for marine farmers

A mussel farm in the Marlborough Sounds.

Forty years after it started in the Sounds, marine farming remains a source of pride and controversy.

Growing a good idea

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

The Sanford mussel processing plant in Havelock.

Havelock Sanford's only South Island factory

Sanford's mussel plant in Havelock is the seafood company's only South Island factory following the closure of its operation in Christchurch.

beef

Business and farming combine in environmental care

Little Akaloa, Banks Peninsula, farmers Mike and Ruth Williams, winners of the farm stewardship category of the Canterbury Ballance farm environment awards.

6:30 AM  A Banks Peninsula farming couple and a Christchurch businessman tell Tony Benny how their combined efforts won them the land stewardship category in the Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Payback time for beef breeders

6:30 AM  New Zealand's most facial eczema-tolerant recorded perendale sheep share a stud home with beef shorthorns deep in the King Country. Andrea Fox went there.

We have the best job in the world, say Sam and Gemma Hain, Gisborne, pictured with daughter Lilla, 5, and son Tom, 2.

'Nowhere better in the world for us to be'

6:30 AM  "Farming is a fantastic way to bring up a family. We have the best job in the world," say a Gisborne farming couple who spoke to Kate Taylor about their inherent love of farming and the land.

Sheep

Sheep breed celebrates 150 years

The english leicester has stood the test of time.

Retired farmer Don Reid can remember when 78 English leicester rams left his family's Darfield property on a truck to go out to the stud's many customers.

Couple take on an unusual breed of sheep

A decade ago an exchange student piqued Chris and Annabelle Hampton's interest in Charollais sheep.

Steady rain falling on sheep near Springston was in contrast to dry Cheviot.

Rain fails to curb Hurunui drought

Many farmers are looking at making a loss in the drought stricken Hurunui district.

cropping

Aussie invention wins big

Western Australia farmer and bush engineer Ray Harrington, next to a prototype model of the Harrington Seed Destructor.

An Aussie grower's crushing invention has won a major international award for helping farmers get around weed resistance against herbicides.

Sustainability 'comes from the heart'

Farming sustainably comes from the heart, award-winning farmer Frans de Jong says.

South Canterbury farmers Warren and Joy Darling and their family celebrate their record barley yield.

Kiwis set world barley yield record

A South Canterbury couple has broken a 25-year-old world record for the highest yielding barley crop after their attempt was confirmed by Guinness World Record authorities.

agribusiness

Dairy award "icing on the cake"

The 2015 New Zealand Dairy Awards Winners: L to R: Dairy Trainee of the Year James Davidson, Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year Melissa  and Justin Slattery and Farm Manager of the Year James Foote.

Canterbury and Waikato-Hauraki farmers were the big winners at the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards in Auckland, taking out the Sharemilker-Equity Farmer of the Year, Farm Manager of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year titles, Gerald Piddock reports.

Stick to your budgets

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy urged the dairy farmers to work with advisors to get through the low payout year.

Fieldays chief executive Jon Calder.

Fieldays eyes up red meat sector

New Zealand's sheep and beef farmers are in the spotlight for Fieldays. 

Discovery

Carbon counting is big job

Researchers Professor Louis Schipper (foreground) and Jack Pronger on the farm test site in Waikato.

Research underway on two farms aims to provide farmers with practical advice on how to best manage their farms to maximise soil carbon stocks.

Non-chemical pest control promising

Research on using non-chemical methods to control potato pests is delivering groundbreaking results.

The plantain moth (Scopula rubraria), a widespread New Zealand native insect that feeds on a range of plants including plantain.

Plantain moth biopesticide closer

The availability of a natural insecticide to fight an emerging agricultural insect pest is a step closer.

rural women

Farmers schooled on animal welfare

DairyNZ animal husbandry extension specialist Anna Irwin demonstrates the use of a captive bolt during a Dairy Women's Network animal welfare workshop at Wreys Bush.

Tough new animal welfare laws are on the horizon, but Southland dairy farmers are working to ensure they’re ahead of the game.

Canty A&P gets first female president

Nicky Hutchinson says gender doesn't matter in her new role as the head of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Kahlia Fryer won the Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay A&P scholarship at the recent Hawke's Bay Primary Industry Awards

Kahlia gets the job done

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

Video

Mass protest over wharf expansion

More than a thousand Aucklanders have gathered on the waterfront to protest the controversial wharf expansions.

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